Standards for Sign Language Storybooks


Despite the importance of books in learning to read, there is a global shortage of accessible books available for children who are deaf. The severe shortage these children encounter is known as the “book gap.”

Rapidly changing technologies now allow for the easy creation of sign language storybooks to promote language and academic development for deaf children and youth worldwide, their families, caregivers, communities, and friends.

Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), with support from ACR GCD, developed Creating a World of Deaf Learners: Standards for Sign Language Storybooks. The standards are meant to spur the development of high quality sign language storybooks that address this “book gap” and ultimately enhance literacy learning for children with disabilities.



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